Purchased from Giuseppe Lelli in 1895 for £5 13s 1d
Youthful St John the Baptist
Antonio Rossellino (1427-79)
Museo Nazionale (Bargello), Florence, Italy
The Baptist holds a scroll inscribed AGITE PENETENTIAM, calling for repentance. This figure, for which Antonio Rossellino received payment in 1477, originally stood over the door of the Opera di S. Giovanni on the Piazza del Duomo in Florence. There is also a bust length version of this St John, made of stucco, in the Museo Nazionale.